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Old 10th December 2011, 09:37
KEITH SEVILLE KEITH SEVILLE is offline  
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Mersey Mammoth

Mersey Mammoth (Floating Crane) was towed out of Liverpool Docks early this morning by tug Hibernia - currently passing Gas Fields in the Irish Sea - 2.7 knots - heading westwards.
She has been sold for further service as far as I know, not sure yet
which port she is destined for.
Heard conflicting reports of either Rotterdam or Ghent.
Waiting for confirmation. Tugs AIS still showing Liverpool.

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Old 10th December 2011, 21:03
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I did hear a whisper that she is off to Flushing (Vlissingen) Holland for dry docking. Then possible onto Georgia, but this is unconfirmed.
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Old 11th December 2011, 09:42
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I did hear a whisper that she is off to Flushing (Vlissingen) Holland for dry docking. Then possible onto Georgia, but this is unconfirmed.
Quoted as sheltering last night at Dale Roads in Milford Haven
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Old 12th December 2011, 21:24
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Just noticed on AIS Tug Hibernia with Mersey Mammoth at the moment
East Point Lynas, I would think taking shelter.
Destination given as Flushing eta 0600/16th, this weather permitting.

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Old 15th December 2011, 16:03
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Tug Hibernia and Mersey Mammoth are now leaving Lynas anchorage en route to Flushing, Hibernia is showing ETA 21st Dec 22:00
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Old 15th December 2011, 21:09
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Both have gone back to anchor after a lot of activity, guess they are planning to leave a little later
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Old 19th December 2011, 17:34
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Mersey Mammoth apparently now under tow of tug Hibernia, bound Flushing
where due 1200/23rd December 2011 - Weather Permitting.
I think she must be approaching North Devon coast by now as she was off South Wales some 12 hours ago, towing at a reasonable speed.
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Old 20th December 2011, 07:19
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Mersey Mammoth with tug Hibernia, West of Sennen Cove -Lands End.
Speed: 6.5 Knots bound Flushing.
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Old 20th December 2011, 11:03
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Keith,
I was in New Brighton yesterday and noticed that there was a floating crane in the Liverpool dock system, looked like Langton from my perspective. Its a large crane with yellow jib, but there is nothing on AIS.
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Old 20th December 2011, 12:47
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It's the GPS APOLLO pat, brought in by the tug Hibernia to lift the linkspan into place for the new ferry stage, which has already been damaged during the recent winds.
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Old 20th December 2011, 18:35
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It's the GPS APOLLO pat, brought in by the tug Hibernia to lift the linkspan into place for the new ferry stage, which has already been damaged during the recent winds.
Thanks for that Compass Rose, I see her now on AIS, in Canada 2 branch.
Is she here for just one job, or are Peel keeping her as a permanernt replacement?
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Old 20th December 2011, 21:14
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Not too sure Pat, possibility just waiting for the Hibernia to return to take her back down South, but it does raise the question as to why she has been left assembled, as if to undertake another job locally.
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Old 21st December 2011, 08:01
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Latest info on Mersey Mammoth. Tug Hibernia south of Swanage, Dorset with
tow, speed 6.5 knots bound Flushing.
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Old 16th February 2012, 21:49
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I see the GPS Apollo was on the move today, being towed by the Carmet's tug Audrey.

She has gone up the Manchester Ship Canal to Runcorn.
Does anybody have an idea as to the work she is to undertake.
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Old 17th February 2012, 10:04
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Not too sure Pat, possibility just waiting for the Hibernia to return to take her back down South, but it does raise the question as to why she has been left assembled, as if to undertake another job locally.
I read in the Liverpool Echo that Peel Holdings issued a statement that said the Mersey Mammoth was 'old and knackered, and very expensive to keep going'.
An odd thing to say considering they are currently offering her for sale in Vlissengen.
They also stated that GPS Apollo is now permanently based in Liverpool.
I take this to mean that they have her on a retainer, but do not own her, and therefore are not responsible for crewing and maintainence costs.

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Old 17th February 2012, 14:28
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Thanks for that Pat, what you say make sense, Peel have her around but do not have the expense of upkeep and crewing. There was always work of some kind for the Mammoth around the river and docks, so having the Apollo permanently based here must be a win-win situation for Peel.
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Old 17th February 2012, 20:33
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Looked like the GPS Apollo was going to lift a lock gate that was on the quay in Runcorn docks this afternoon,I'm sure someone will be able to confirm? Hard to get any decent photo's down there these days!!
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Old 18th February 2012, 11:52
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I'm not sure that GPS Apollo is a suitable replacement for the Mersey Mammoth. Certainly sher has a greater lifting capacity, 400 tons as opposed to the Mammoth's 250 tons, but the downside is that Apollo is a sheerlegs salvage barge and has no propulsion and no ability to slew. This means she requires a tug, not just to get her on site, but to manoevre her so the load can be moved in the horizontal plane.
Mersey Mammoth was self propelled, could slew through 360deg, and had a large open deck allowing her to lift and carry objects without the use of any other vessel.
I really feel that Peel Holdings have been rather short sighted in disposing of such a versatile vessel. I once saw her with a twenty ton grab fitted to the light hoist, dredging the river outside Alfred Locks. I cant see GPS Apollo doing that!
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Old 18th February 2012, 16:15
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Yes agreed, she is limited and of course has no deck space like the Mammoth.
Although she is self propelled she always takes a tug when on the move. It will be interesting to see how much work she undertakes in the coming months.
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Old 18th February 2012, 16:46
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Yes agreed, she is limited and of course has no deck space like the Mammoth.
Although she is self propelled she always takes a tug when on the move. It will be interesting to see how much work she undertakes in the coming months.
Yes she does have propulsion apparently, for six knots in harbour, but because she is registered as a salvage barge, it seems she has to have a tug wherever she goes, or so I have been told.
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Old 18th February 2012, 19:51
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GPS Apollo.

GPS Apollo today in Runcorn docks,sorry about the quality,it gives a good comparison with the 250 ton crane that used to do all the lifting in the canal.
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Old 18th February 2012, 20:38
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GPS Apollo today in Runcorn docks,sorry about the quality,it gives a good comparison with the 250 ton crane that used to do all the lifting in the canal.
It certainly does, thanks for the photo and information p.d.
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Old 15th May 2012, 12:32
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I see that the Mersey Mammoth has been renamed LARA 1 under the Panamanian Flag. Owner HAPO PARTICIPATIES BV.
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Old 12th August 2012, 14:45
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i see that the Lara 1 (Mersey Mammoth) is back in the liverpool Dock System since the 25th july12. I wounder if she is on charter toPeel holdings? Anyone got any info?
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Old 12th August 2012, 17:28
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i see that the Lara 1 (Mersey Mammoth) is back in the liverpool Dock System since the 25th july12. I wounder if she is on charter toPeel holdings? Anyone got any info?
Degzie,
I took a photo of her a couple of weeks ago, berthed in West Canada Dock, and asked the same question.
No answer came the firm reply!
So if anyone knows, they're not saying.
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